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Winter Weather Tips for Saving Money

As you brace yourself for a long Ohio winter, take steps to save money and stay safe.Follow these tips to help ensure your winter-weather transactions go smoothly:


Scam Alert: ‘Free’ Gift Cards

As the holiday season approaches, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recommends learning to identify scams targeting holiday shoppers.


Where to Get a Copy of Your Deed

If you want to obtain a copy of the deed to your home, contact your local county recorder.


Scam Alert: International Driver’s License

Drivers: Beware of ads offering an “International Driver’s License.” In Ohio, there is no such thing as an international driver’s license.  


Protecting Older Ohioans: AG Sues Hearing Aid Seller for Misleading Consumers

In Ohio, a business can’t advertise products or services as free when the cost of the “free” item is passed on to the consumer.


The Best Way to Handle 'Card Member Services' Calls

Consumers throughout the nation are reporting numerous calls from 'Card Member Services' or similar-sounding companies that violate Do Not Call regulations. The best thing you can do? Don’t respond.


Beware of Traveling Scam Artists

As summer reaches its official end, beware of lingering traveling scam artists that come to your door to offer roof repair, driveway paving and sealing, or tree trimming.


Text Message Scam: ‘You’ve Won a $1,000 Gift Card!’

You’ve been a loyal customer for years, and now, unexpectedly, you receive a text message saying you’ve won a $1,000 gift card for one of your favorite stores. Is it too good to be true? You bet.


High School Student Contest Launches Sept. 17

Ohio high school students in grades 9 through 12 can enter to win up to $2,500 in college scholarships by participating in the fourth annual Take Action Video Contest, which will accept submissions from Sept. 17, 2012, to Dec. 14, 2012.


Attorney General Sues Water Treatment Seller

In August, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued Larry Foster, an Indiana man who went door to door selling water treatment systems to consumers throughout Ohio.


Settlement Means Refunds for US Fidelis Customers

On July 19, 2012, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and 11 other state attorneys general announced a $14.1 million Consumer Restitution Fund for customers of US Fidelis, a company that was once the nation’s largest vehicle service contract dealer. The firm filed for bankruptcy in 2010.


Find a Good Locksmith Before You Need One: Here’s Why

Just as you should find a doctor before you get sick, it’s a good idea to find a locksmith before you’re locked out. Otherwise, you may end up in an emergency situation with an unscrupulous locksmith.


Evaluating Online Deal Sites

Purchasing a $20 gift card for just $10, buying a kitchen appliance at half price, and getting your bike tuned up at 40 percent off are some of the many savings that online deal sites offer.


Back-to-School Shopping Tips

Back-to-school shopping season is in full swing, with notebooks, pencil cases, and binders lining many store aisles. While it can be exciting for children and adults to begin the school year with brand-new items, it also can be expensive. Take time to read advertisements closely and watch for potential scams to avoid the back-to-school buying blues.


Understanding Credit Reports and Security Freezes

Checking your credit reports regularly and applying a security freeze may help you detect or avoid certain types of identity theft.


How Identity Theft Affects Foster Youth and What the AG is Doing to Help

Although children generally don’t carry around personal identification information such as credit cards or licenses, their identities still can be targeted. 


Tips to Protect Your Identity

National Protect Your Identity Week, set for Oct. 20–27, is a great time to consider how to protect your personal information from fraud. 


Attorney General DeWine Launches Program for ID Theft Victims

The Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section has launched a new program to help identity theft victims correct the effects of the crime. 


Mortgage Settlement Q&A

In February 2012, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, in conjunction with the federal government and 49 state attorneys general, announced a $25 billion federal-state agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers — Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorganChase, and Wells Fargo.


The Beach Gets Sued (And What to Do When a Business Closes)

On May 25, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit against the owners and operators of The Beach Waterpark in Mason, Ohio, charging the waterpark with failure to deliver.


Skechers Refunds

Did you buy Skechers Shape-ups, Resistance Runner, Toners, or Tone-ups shoes? You may be eligible for a refund under a recent settlement.


Shop Smart for Mother’s Day

Don’t forget! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, and whether you’re giving flowers, jewelry, or other gifts, be sure to make smart shopping decisions.


Prepaid Cards: The Hidden Costs

Prepaid cards offer many of the same benefits of a credit card or debit card, such as convenience and easy use, without the requirement of a checking account or credit card. Despite the benefits of prepaid cards and their increasing popularity, many come with high costs.


May is Older Americans Month

Celebrate Older Americans Month by talking to your friends and family about sweepstakes scams and grandparent scams.


Is Your Smartphone Putting Your Personal Information at Risk?

If you have a smartphone, convenience and ease are paramount. Need to find a restaurant for a dinner reservation? Look it up on your smartphone. Need to know your checking account balance? Download your bank's app and log in.


Is Your Car a Lemon?

Buying a car is a big decision. You have to consider price, efficiency, comfort, color, and other factors. Once you find your perfect car, what happens if it has serious problems and needs constant repairs? Is it a lemon?


Immigration Scams

Earlier this month, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission warned of possible notario scams following the federal government’s recent immigration announcement.


Could July 9 Be Doomsday for Your Computer?

If your computer is infected with a certain kind of malware, it may not be able to connect to the Internet as of July 9, 2012.

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